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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 27 | volume V | July-August, 2002



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 27July-August, 2002
Sound Reviews

Interview with Jennifer Batten

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Vasja Ivanovski

1. Tell me more about your musical beginnings: when did you start to play, was guitar your first instrument and who turned you on to music in general?
    – I started playing guitar when I was 8 years old. I took lessons right away and learned to read. I also played clarinet in elementary school. I was into the Beatles and other pop bands of the time. That's what inspired me to play along with the fact that my older sister had a guitar.

2. Was there any musical tradition in your family, so that you could proceed with it in a natural way?
    – Both my parents are music lovers though they never played professionally. My mother played piano and my dad had several great arch top guitars and a jazz record collection that included about 3000 records.

3. Who were your earliest influences and did they define your musical path?
    – In the beginning it was The Beatles but in my teen years I got into the blues heavily. I played along with BB King records, then got into the Allman Bros. and then eventually I discovered Jeff Beck and that's been the epitomy of music for me ever since.

4. Are you a self-taught musician or somebody taught you the basics of your instrument or maybe you have talen some music course at the time?
    – I took lessons for years from local musicians wherever the family moved to. I eventually went to the Guitar Institute of Technology but have self taught since then.

5. Which time period do you consider personally as the most satisfying for you as musician or you think it's still to come?
    – I think it's still to come. There are always rough sides to every gig so I tend to look toward the future as the most exciting possibilities.

6. Who were, if any, your guitar heroes when you started out and why?
    – BB King, Duane Allman. I loved the tone and the feel. Then with Jeff Beck I found he could squeeze the most amazing sounds out of a guitar I've ever heard and his feel is so superior to anything out there, plus the originality and creativity are inspiring.

7. Who are your favorite musicians at the moment, not necessarily guitar players?
    – I go through radical phases with listening. Right now I'm doing guitar clinics for Washburn guitars for their mv300 acoustic model so I'm listening to Michael Hedges

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